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Heat Exhaustion: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention

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  • Written By: Ashley Rains
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On the Gulf Coast, it seems like there are more hot days than cool ones. For many days during the summer, our community finds itself under extreme heat warnings with temperatures in the high 90-degree range, or even breaking 100 degrees. 

On days like these, Dr. Ronald O'Gorman with North Baldwin Infirmary Emergency Medicine reminds us to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion or even a heat stroke. These signs include:

  • Being overheated
  • Sweating profusely
  • Feeling cold or clammy
  • Heart racing and/or dizziness
  • Muscle cramps

"The most important part of heat exhaustion is prevention," says Dr. O'Gorman. Staying well hydrated is key. "ABH: Always Be Hydrating. You can't have too much water, sports or salted drinks when you're outside."

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